The Decorative Art of Kumikowith Matthew Kenney
June 22-23, 2019
Saturday (9-5) Sunday (9-4)
Materials Fee: $100
Required Tools: See Below
Total cost is $375; $275 Ticket and $100 Materials Fee. Lunch included. Limited to 12 people.
Located at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks: Route 1, Warren, Maine 04864.
To sign up, click the 'Buy' button above or call: 800-327-2520. A non-refundable $125 advance deposit is required at checkout; full payment is required 30 days before the workshop. In the event that a Workshop needs to be cancelled, we will contact you at this time. For more information call or email us.
Note: For customers unable to take projects with them, shipping charges apply.
Kumiko is a decorative art that has been practiced in Japan for hundreds of years, traditionally appearing on shoji, doors, and even windows. Its delicate beauty looks great in furniture and boxes, too. In this class, students will learn how to make a square framework, and the asa-no-ha infill pattern. All work will be done with handtools, from cutting notches for the framework to planing parts to fit the notches to cutting angles on the infill pieces.
About the Instructor
Matt Kenney is a professional box and furniture maker living in Northwest Connecticut. Not too long ago, he spent a year designing and making 52 unique boxes. He undertook the project as a means to improve his design skills, but found that the woodworking community at large was interested in what he was doing, and they followed along intently as he wrote about the boxes each week on his website (mekwoodworks.com). After he completed the project, he wrote a book about his experience: 52 Boxes in 52 Weeks (Taunton Press). He has been making kumiko for several years. Matt teaches woodworking around the world, writes about the craft, and spent 10 years as an editor at Fine Woodworking magazine, where he was featured in the magazine and instructional videos, and was a co-host of the popular Shop Talk Live podcast.
Below are some of the tools we'll learn about in the class. We encourage you to bring your own tools or buy the required tools when you get here, as there are not enough classroom tools to outfit everyone.
Please do not bring tools in need of repair or major fettling – there will not be time to fully tune them for use during the workshop.
Please keep in mind, the best way to guarantee available tools for the class is to call ahead with an order. Some items on this list may be specific to another toolmaker. Please call us with any questions.
Note: The list below references tools Lie-Nielsen carries, though you are welcome to bring tools from other makers.